Former sports commentator goes back to his roots
Keith Olbermann is getting back in the game — but not the political game. The former ESPN personality will host TBS' studio coverage for Major League Baseball's postseason, the network announced Wednesday.
The job marks a return to television for Olbermann's after his falling-out with Current TV, which followed his falling-out with MSNBC. This time around, the baseball and politics fanatic will stick to the pasttime Americans seem to enjoy more.
Olbermann will join Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.
TBS also announced that Ron Darling, who joined TBS as an MLB analyst in 2008, has reached a long-term extension with Turner Sports.
And it said that Cal Ripkin Jr., a two-time MLB Most Valuable Player and Hall of Famer, will transition from the studio to the broadcast booth full time this postseason. Ripken has served primarily as a TBS studio analyst for the last six years and will join Ernie Johnson and Darling as a three-man commentator team throughout the postseason.
Olbermann anchored ESPN’s "SportsCenter" from 1992 to 1997 and recently served as a guest host of MLB Network’s "Hot Stove." He previously served as a studio host for both NBC’s (1997-98) and Fox’s (1999-2000) MLB postseason coverage.
At Fox, the MLB studio show Olbermann anchored was nominated twice for an Emmy Award, and it won in 1999 for the Best Sports Studio Show. Olbermann has covered 19 World Series and 28 MLB post-seasons during his career.
“It’s well known that Keith is a fan of the game and when you combine that with his studio experience, keen insight and passion for baseball and its history, he’ll add a new dimension to our MLB Postseason studio shows," said Turner Broadcasting president of sales, distribution and sports David Levy. "We're excited to have him join Dennis in studio, and look forward to Keith sharing his in-depth knowledge of the game, MLB teams and players with our viewers for three great weeks in October."